The Issue Plaguing Criminal Justice Essay

885 Words Dec 13th, 2016 4 Pages
The past few years leading up to 2016 has been some of the most eye-opening years for me. They have been a testimony to how an issue plaguing criminal justice can completely outgrow itself and evolve into something much bigger. For me, it started in 2012, which was the year that Trayvon Martin was fatally killed by George Zimmerman. This incident sparked a national debate over how young African American men and women who were unarmed at the time of these incidents were being unjustly killed. What followed was a hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, that began to encompass all the other string of innocent people whose lives were taken from them. Famous examples include Eric Garner who died in a chokehold while saying “I can’t breathe” in 2014, Michael Brown who was shot and killed in Fergurson, Missouri, in 2014, and the most recent cases of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who were both killed in 2016. These are all real facts of cases that I don’t even need to cite because I know them so well. As an African American young woman who chose to pursue a degree in criminal justice, it pains me to be so familiar with these cases because I can see where the system has failed and still CONTINUES to fail. In class this semester, two professors, Associate Dean Jack McDevitt and Professor Kevin Drakulich, both stopped by to discuss race and crime in relation to the criminal justice system. In this discussion, they were able to further dive into how research has been helping them to…

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